Resistance Visual Staff

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Matt Barnes is currently the band director at Morris High School in Oklahoma. Since graduating college from Oklahoma State University in 2013, he has been actively involved in arts education in Oklahoma.

Matt marched with the Troopers playing euphonium and has written for guards, marching bands, and indoor drumline groups since then. His ensembles at Morris have received numerous OSSAA awards, and his band was crowned OBA Grand Champions in 2013, among other significant accolades.

Matt is a clarinet player by trade, but loves his role teaching the visual program at Resistance. He also loves tall cups of black coffee, and exploring the natural beauty the world has to offer when he isn't teaching 7 days a week. Overall, Matt believes that the musical arts have incredible power to communicate in ways beyond words, and that arts education has the potential to transform lives. He is excited to bring those skills and ideals to Resistance for a sixth consecutive year.

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Joey Montes is a visual designer from Wichita, Kansas. He has been involved in the Marching Arts for over 10 years. Joey writes drill/designs shows for groups all over the United States but also designs props, flags, and costumes for a majority of these groups as well. He stays busy by working with multiple Fall Marching Bands, Winter Guard programs, and indoor percussion/winds groups in various roles. When Joey isn’t designing, he enjoys puzzles and learning new skills/trying new hobbies. His most recent interest has been cooking.

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Phillip and Lauren Franklin are alumni of The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and current educators at the Cabot High School Band in Cabot, Arkansas. Phillip is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and former director of West Johnston HS, his alma mater where he was a member of the Open Guard. Lauren is a former University of Utah dance team member and former visual educator for all of the West Johnston indoor ensembles.

The Franklins are active clinicians, designers and technicians for a number of different groups in the Midwest and Southeast. They are currently working with the Northwest Independent World Guard and will spend their summer teaching at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.

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visual Technician

Benjamin graduated from Moore High School and received instruction from band directors such as Marc Mueller, Greg Mangus, and Jeremy Parr. His involvement with Resistance began in 2011, and is a founding member of the ensemble. After 5 years of marching with the ensemble he aged out in 2016. He now teaches at Choctaw High School and is an engineering student at Oklahoma City Community College. This is his fourth year teaching with the ensemble as a tenor, and visual technician.